Slovenian Wine: Rebula from Vipava Valley

Rebula Vipava Valley

Reading Time: "If you like odd grape, then this is something for you. You would either love it or hate it." That was our introduction to Ribolla Gialla. We were at an Italian restaurant in Yerevan, and our friend suggested that we order a bottle of yellow wine (gialla means yellow

Premiere Napa Valley 2018: Our Favorites

Opus One

Reading Time: In February 2018, Charine and I participated in the Wine Writer's Symposium in addition to Premiere Napa Valley 2018. We flew from Zagreb, Croatia to Detroit, MI to spend a little time with my family. We then chose to drive across I-80 from Michigan to Napa Valley in

Revisiting Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Miani Wine Barrel Tasting

Reading Time: We love the wines of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Earlier in 2017, we did a weeklong tasting trip through the region, visiting some iconic producers. After that trip, we became hooked on these wines. After six weeks touring through the wine regions of Hungary and Slovakia, our friend Vedran drove up

Exotic Wine Travel’s 17 Wines of 2017

Exotic Wine Travel Best Wines 2017

Reading Time: 2017 marked the third year of our location-independent lifestyle and the second year of our wine career. It was a momentous year for us---in the span of 12 months, we authored and published our second and third wine book Sipping Santa Barbara and Cracking Croatian Wine, traveled to seven countries, and tasted

Klinec and Mlečnik: Slovenian Wines Of Purity

Mlecnik Grapes

Reading Time: We've spent significant time traveling and tasting through the Ex-Yugoslavian region. For some reason, we have put very little focus on Slovenia. After finishing our book Cracking Croatian Wine, we decided to make a week-long tasting trip through Goriška Brda, Kras, and Vipava Valley. Our tasting trip through

Batič: Great Slovenian Wines From Vipava

batic winery slovenia rose

Reading Time: (Cover photo from Batič Winery's website.) We've spent significant time traveling and tasting through the Ex-Yugoslavian countries. For some reason, we had previously put little focus on Slovenia. After finishing our book Cracking Croatian Wine, we decided to make a week-long tasting trip through Goriška Brda, Kras, and Vipava

Kabaj and Movia: Slovenian Wines with Big Personalities

Movia Vineyards

Reading Time: After finishing our book Cracking Croatian Wine, we decided to make a week-long tasting trip through Goriška Brda, Kras, and Vipava Valley. Our trip through Western Slovenia yielded many gems and exceeded our already lofty expectations. The quality of winemaking in Slovenia is outstanding and several producers are on